Black and Minority Ethnic Peer Connecting Service (Health in Mind)

Who is this for?

  • People aged 16 or over, from a minority ethnic community

Who provides this?

  • Health in Mind

Description

The Black and Minority Ethnic Peer Connecting Service offers one-to-one and group support for people over 18 living in East and Midlothian who are looking to improve or manage their mental health and wellbeing. Health in Mind works collaboratively with other organisations to support not only you but your family as well.

Peer support brings together people with shared experiences of particular mental health and wellbeing difficulties, isolation and loneliness, language barriers in connecting with others or community, or similar personal interests and cultural backgrounds.

If you decide to access this service, you will have a choice between taking part in one-to-one peer support with a peer volunteer, which is sometimes called befriending, or in a support group with other peer participants and volunteers. This is where you work towards goals you have agreed with someone else.

Within Peer Connecting Service, Health in Mind will support you and aims to:

  • help you to build your confidence and self-esteem, explore ways of managing your feelings and thoughts better, and feel more empowered and in control
  • support you to reconnect with family and friends, build new relationships, and get more involved in your local community
  • help you to discover and reinforce your strengths and talents, find a sense of purpose and meaning in your life, and feel more hopeful for the future

Health in Mind peer volunteers draw on their own experience and training provided by us in order to do this. Everyone’s experiences are treated as equally important and no one is more of an expert than anyone else.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Download a referral form to below the contact details on the right.

Is there a cost?

Free

Is there a waiting list?

No

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Downloads


Peer Connecting BME self referral
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Peer Connecting BME 3rd party
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Type of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Categories:

Black and minority ethnic communities

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